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211, 2017

Religious Conversions Behind Bars

By |November 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Shona Robinson-Edwards, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

News this week reported that extremist and Lee Rigby killer, Michael Adebolajo, has converted inmates to Islam.

Lee Rigby, 25, was killed in a vicious, merciless attack, one which stirred emotions, reactions and discussions – not only in the UK but across the […]

2209, 2017

The state of Religious Education needs to be improved

By |September 22nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Imran Mogra, senior lecturer in Religious Education at Birmingham City University, shares his views on the recent news of schools breaking the law on religious education.

A new report by the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) and Religious Education Council for England and Wales, based on Freedom of Information Data gathered by the Department […]

1509, 2017

Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

By |September 15th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Criminologist Professor Elizabeth Yardley discusses the relationship between violent crime and social media use, ahead of her new research being published later this month.

On Easter Sunday earlier this year, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Senior went out for a walk in east Cleveland in the US state of Ohio. It was a sunny day and he was […]

1209, 2017

Absence of legitimacy + absence of visibility = absence of reality

By |September 12th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Mohammed Rahman, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University, offers theoretical and observational thoughts on the recent HMP Birmingham unrest.

Prison unrest in England and Wales is nothing new.  In the past 12 months there have been several cases of disorder with riot damages costing millions of pounds.  A prominent case was the 2016 HMP Birmingham […]

1506, 2017

The UK Can Still Lead ‘Mission Innovation’ on Cleaning Urban Air

By |June 15th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The UK Can Still Lead ‘Mission Innovation’ on Cleaning Urban Air

by Dr Michaela Kendall, Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Air Pollution in Cities is Nothing New

Since the VW emissions scandal broke, air pollution in cities has remained a top public health concern. With such stories rarely out of the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that […]

604, 2017

‘We want our country back’: nation, race and emotion in contemporary England

By |April 6th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘We want our country back’: nation, race and emotion in contemporary England

by Steve Garner, Professor of Critical Race Studies at Birmingham City University

‘We want our country back!’ was a rallying cry for the Leave campaign in the June 2016 referendum. Similar concerns are expressed in Donald Trump’s campaign, ‘Make America Great Again’.

Indeed, 2016 witnessed a renewed focus of Anglo-American politics on specific instrumentalist uses of the […]

504, 2017

The Road to Murder: Why driving is the occupation of choice for serial killers

By |April 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The Road to Murder: Why driving is the occupation of choice for serial killers

by Dr Adam Lynes, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Peter Sutcliffe, Robert Black, John Duffy, David Mulcahy, Fred West, Peter Tobin, Levi Bellfield and Steve Wright: All Serial killers who hunted for their prey on Britain’s Roads.

Despite the wealth of academic literature relating to serial murderers, there has been little research into how the […]

3103, 2017

Terrorism and technology: Exploring Amber Rudd’s comments on encryption

By |March 31st, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Terrorism and technology: Exploring Amber Rudd’s comments on encryption

Dr Andrew Whiting, lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University, responds to Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s comments that strong encryption is “completely unacceptable” without the possibility of access by the state and that the authorities must be given access to messages sent through encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp.

Cultural theorist Paul Virilio remarked that ‘to […]

303, 2017

My experience of working on a specially-commissioned virtual reality film

By |March 3rd, 2017|In The News, Student Life, Uncategorized|Comments Off on My experience of working on a specially-commissioned virtual reality film

Chaise-Louise Newman is a second year undergraduate at Birmingham School of Acting, part of Birmingham City University. Studying Applied Performance, she appears in new road safety video ‘Every Choice Counts’, the UK’s first virtual reality film which features ‘branching’ technology. Made by West Midlands Fire Service and produced with FirstCar Media, the education package allows […]

203, 2017

Sex education to be compulsory in England’s schools – Should parents have a say?

By |March 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Sex education to be compulsory in England’s schools – Should parents have a say?

by Dr Keeley Abbott, lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

The government’s announcement this week to make Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) compulsory within all secondary schools in England represents a much welcome step towards improving the status and scope of SRE.

Since its inception, the progression of SRE has been somewhat limited, with this […]